Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #13: Books I Feel Like Everyone But Me Has Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish with a different topic for a top-ten list each week. You can find out more about it here.

The links will take you to the Goodreads pages.

This week's topic is a rewind topic, meaning you can choose any past topic that you missed, and I chose:

Top Ten Books I Feel Like Everyone Has Read But Me

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Everyone seems to have loved this book - the hype has been incredible! Even before it was published, I felt like everyone had already read it. I need to get my hands on a copy soon!

2. Houglass by Myra McEntire

Some people loved it and some people hated it, but it seems like everyone out there has read this book! It sounds so crazy, so I hope I can read it soon.

3. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

This is the kind of book I feel like I should have read, and I honestly don't know why I haven't. It's one of the early YA books, and as a YA-lover, I think it's something you need to have read. I just haven't gotten to it. 

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I feel terrible for not having read this one! It's a modern classic that everyone has read, apparently. I really need to read this one.

5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I loved Anna, but for some reason I have't gotten around to reading Lola yet...

6. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

This one only sort of counts, since I started it but didn't finish. Everyone else loved it, but I just couldn't get into it. I really don't know what's wrong with me, since this is the kind of book where you just have to say the name in order for every YA-lover to start fangirling. I might give Jellicoe Road another try some day, since people have said it gets better and starts making sense at the end.

7. Anything by Daivd Levithan

I've read some of his collaborations, but I've never read an only David Levithan book. Everyone seems to love him, so I really don't know why...

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I generally stick to contemporary, so that's why I haven't read the Vampire Academy series, but I feel like I really should, since it's one of the most popular YA books out there.

9. Anything by Libba Bray

I love Libba Bray on Twitter, but I've never read any of her books. Must get around to reading one soon!

10. Anything by Maureen Johnson

Really, the same thing goes for Maureen Johnson. She is probably the funniest person on Twitter, so her books must be good too, right? I've read Let It Snow, which includes a short story of hers, but I haven't read any of her novels.

So these are some of the books I feel everyone has read but me. What books have you not read that everyone else has?


  1. Hi Hannah! I haven't read anything there except for Vampire Academy. I have On the Jellicoe Road, I wonder, why didn't you like it? I also have wanted to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer but I don't know why I'm not reading it. I started The Book Thief before but wasn't able to continue, soon though!

    Ohh, I haven't read Anna and the French Kiss. EVERYONE seems to LOVE that. There's also Amy & Roger's Epic Detour! This is a road trip story I don't know why I'm not digging into this. Forbidden too! A lot of bloggers love that. This is not contemporary but everyone seems to love Die For Me too! 

  2. Girl, you gotta get working on that list! (Just teasing:)

    I haven't read Lola and the Boy Next Door and I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss. I also need to read Shatter Me, Unearthly, and Obsidian. It seems like everyone has read those and loved them.
     Of the books you chose the ones that I think you should read asap would be anything Maureen Johnson, because she's just so much fun. And On the Jellicoe Rd (or any Melina Marchetta) because she is just plain amazing. What a great list! I hope you get to read some of those awesome titles soon!

  3. I was the same way with Vampire Academy; I thought I was the only one who hadn't read them...but I no longer hold that title because I'm 1/2 way through book#6; lol they are really good and you should definitely pick them up sometime...Other than that, I haven't read any of the other books except Anna & The French Kiss which was really cute! Great post :))

  4. Haha, I haven't read many of these either! I have read The Book Thief, which I thought was extremely good. Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan, was short and sweet. I too have read (and loved!) Anna and the French Kiss, yet still haven't read Lola! I was hanging on for the paperback, but I think I read on Stephanie Perkins' twitter that it won't be out until next year now, so I might have to bite the bullet!

  5. I don't think Jellicoe Road is a bad book, I was just in a huge reading slump when I tried to read it. It took me like three weeks to read the first half of the book, and I think it's the kind of book you need to read straight through in order to really enjoy and put together the pieces. I'll probably give it another try sometime soon :)

    You HAVE to read Anna and the French Kiss - so so so good!!! Amy & Roger is amazing, too. And I loved Forbidden - even though that one might not be for everyone.

  6. What Maureen Johnson book should I start with, do you think? I can't decide, since she has so many out already!  Maybe 13 Little Blue Envelopes? That one sounds like a cute summer read :)

  7. Next year? That sucks. I'm actually waiting for the Lola paperback too - I have Anna in paperback and want them to match :p

  8. I LOATHE Go Ask Alice. They made us read it in high school, and it's such an obvious scare tactic "don't do any drugs ever ever or your whole life will forever be ruined" written by "anonymous", which I'm pretty sure means written by some 50-year old guidance councelor or something. Grrrrr.

    But anyways, I HIGHLY suggest Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I laughed and was happy the entire time I read it.

  9. Well, you aren't the only one. I said "same here" to every single one of yours except for Maureen Johnson. I've read Suite Scarlett and LOVED it. She really is hilarious. But that's the only one by her so far. haha

    I haven't read Anna and the French Kiss, though I want too and I'm sure SO many more, because I'm so bad with series of any kind...so I haven't read Divergent or anything either, etc. etc. lol

    Lauren from www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  10. I haven't read any of those except the Vampire Academy. AMAZING SERIES. Seriously, get to it already!!! :D

  11. Oh, that's a relief :) I'll definitely read a Maureen Johnson book soon!

    You HAVE to read Anna and Divergent - both are favorites of mine!!

  12. Oh, well, then I guess it's not that bad I haven't read it yet. I'd heard it was powerful and realistic, but maybe not. Maybe I'll still read it at some point to see for myself.

    Beauty Queens is very high up on my wishlist - can't wait to read it :)

  13. I've only just read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - but I totally recommend it!  But I agree with On the Jellicoe Road, I really feel like I should get to that one! 

    Happy Tuesday!

    My TTT this week

  14. I loved Vampire Academy.  Such a great book.  I haven't read the Hunger Games and I feel like I'm the only one on the planet who hasn't sometimes. LOL!

  15. Megan@ YA? Why Not?June 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I haven't read Mara, Jellicoe Road, or Vampire Academy either! I loved Hourglass, The Book Thief and all things Libba Bray. I couldn't get into Lola, but I may try it again some day. I picked a similar topic http://wp.me/pzUn5-118

  16. 50 Shades of Grey. Seriously. It's like the pod people have taken over my workplace and everyone but me has read them. I wasn't that interested before, and I am still not that interested now, but I suddenly feel peer pressure about it.

    On a more serious literary note, I've never read 1984. I am not sure how that is possible, but there it is. I sometimes think that because I know the entire story (including the ending) and it's so much a part of our consciousness, that I haven't felt the drive to read it that I might something more mysterious. 

    That may just be equivocation about the fact that I haven't read 1984.

  17.  The only ones I've read are Lola, On The Jellicoe Road, and Vampire Academy! I held out on Vampire Academy for the longest time, but I finally read it about a month ago and it was amazing! You should definitely pick that one up soon, and the series is completed, so that's always a plus! (:

  18. Yes! I feel like everyone is reading Shades! I don't think I'll be succumbing to the peer pressure for that one, though.

    I haven't read 1984 either. I haven't read all that many classics, though - I suck.

  19. I feel the same way that you do about Jellicoe Road! Everyone loved it, but I could not get into it. I'm going to try to re-read it at some point in time, though.

    GO ASK ALICE! Oh my god, I think that was the first YA book that made me want to read other YA books. It got me hook, line, sinker, plunger, no hope of not-drowning. Even though the "editor" of the books (Jay's Journal, Treacherous Love, etc) is clearly a fake, she weaves one heck of a book with this one. 

  20. I gave Jellicoe Road another try this weekend, and I ended up loving it! It really does all make sense at the end, and it's all so well-done. You should give it another try, too :)

    I'll have to read Go Ask Alice at some point, to see whether I love it or hate it :p


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